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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: UEFI and Linux in 2013 - the list so far on: January 13, 2013, 11:53:31 AM
How about building a better OS instead of locking down hardware? Unless, Win8 ain't what MS claims it is.
The hardware isn't locked down for x86, only for their ARM tablets (and yes, that is bad IMHO).

Secure Boot itself is IMHO a good idea, it offers yet a level of protection against malware (it's not an end-all-be-all solution and it has flaws, but security is both depth and breadth). Yes, I am worried that SB might be used to lock down x86 hardware in the future, but claiming that's it's only point is FUD.
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: which is the most advanced pdf editor? on: January 12, 2013, 07:22:41 PM
which is the most advanced pdf editor?
LaTeX ;-)
353  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: United States of America visit 2 on: January 12, 2013, 07:21:12 PM
Cody's ain't gonna be a baby anymore once I'm through with him.   Wink
That sounds so wrong :-(

y0himba: keep on trucking, man - godspeed!
354  Special User Sections / Shareware Discounts for Members / Re: New Discounts for a New Year - January 2013 on: January 12, 2013, 07:16:11 PM
Good work, Wraith!

Also, wow, TopStyle is still alive? It's been ages since I saw that program the first time (and back then, it was a wonderful thing - luckily I haven't had to do much CSS since). Also leads to "wow, are anybody still using CSS?" - less and all :-)
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: January 12, 2013, 07:07:58 PM
Hrm, apart from "one App per monitor" and the snap-to-side thing, does Metro allow for windows? I wasn't under the impression it does?
Ok, so I was bit loose with the definition of 'window'.  You have it right with the 1/4 snap bit.
Fair smiley

That's decent enough, but definitely in no way a replacement for generic movable & resizeable windows, when we're talking desktop operating systems.
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Q: Java for Safari on iPhone4? on: January 12, 2013, 07:06:52 PM
I enjoy the benefits of having my Java plugins enabled, and have not yet been given any valid reason why they shouldn't be.
Hasn't there been plenty of good reasons given the last few months as to why you should disable you Java browser plugin? Keep in mind that you will not see any popups or warning signs if you get hit by a drive-by exploit, and this kind of thing doesn't just happen for people who are browsing for porn or pirated software - all it takes is one exploited banner server.

And what "benefit" do you get from the Java plugin? Apart from NemID, the only thing I can think of that "normal" people need Java for is a few gaming sites, like KomOgVind. If you need that, it's not exactly hard to launch a secondary browser for that specific site - or at least using Chrome for your primary browser, and enabling plugin ClickToPlay.
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Q: Java for Safari on iPhone4? on: January 12, 2013, 05:11:05 PM
It's just a memory-leak-rich framework lazy developers use when they don't want to make a proper port but want to claim they support n platforms.
*grin* - slightly prejudiced there, are we?

As much as I hate Java-in-the-browser, it's a decent enough language for other things (wouldn't use it for desktop stuff, but server-side it's great) - and while the Java language is merely "decent-enough", the JVM+frameworks are a great resource, and there's some really fine languages running on the JVM platform (Scala comes to mind).

Anyway, Curt, there's no chance in hell you'll get Javastuff running on an iPhone that isn't rooted, just like you're not seeing Flash there. Apple lovers will claim it's because the benevolent Steve Jobs wouldn't let these Evil, Insecure and and Battery-Sucking technologies in (oh, and they are all that), while in fact it's at least as much to do with those two platforms being a MAJOR threat against the AppStore model. At any rate, you won't be seeing NemID support on the iPhone. Your bank might have a non-NemID app, but that's it.

Also, while you're at it, be sure be fscking careful with Java in your browser. Please read this thread.

DO NOT BROWSE THE WEB WITH NEITHER FLASH NOR THE JAVA PLUGINS ENABLED!
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where Is Windows 8.1? on: January 12, 2013, 04:56:29 PM
Windows 8 (I didn't test, but I assume the above is correct): 6.2.x
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200] - so yeah, the kernel is a point upgrade.

Actually, not.  The metro interface does allow dual windows.
Hrm, apart from "one App per monitor" and the snap-to-side thing, does Metro allow for windows? I wasn't under the impression it does?

I have three monitors and found it almost impossible to use with a mouse because it was really hard to hit the corners of the centre monitor and 'Metro' stuck to one screen.
I personally don't use the charms bar or any of the hot-corner stuff when dealing with Win8, so that's not really a problem for me. But I'm not using any Metro apps.

Kinda like it so far on my work laptop - it's not a big enough thing that I'll reinstall my finely working Win7 workstation, but next time I do an OS reinstall there, it'll definitely be Win8 (unless the successor is out and turns out to be decent.)
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: UEFI and Linux in 2013 - the list so far on: January 12, 2013, 04:40:12 PM
The UEFI is an independent panel.
Independent panel, yes, but there's some pretty strong individual forces on it... and I somehow think it's telling that the file format used for UEFI executables is Microsoft's Portable Executable format.

Also, Windows 8 cert requires that you can disable Secure Boot - there's no guarantee that 9 or 10 will require that, once people have accepted Secure Boot as a technology. It's something to be wary of, at least.
360  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to disable Java on: January 12, 2013, 04:36:00 PM
But I took the advice and unclicked the box
"Unclicked the box"? Do you mean "enabled click-to-play", or "disabled 'always trust this applet' (for a signed applet)?

Keep in mind that only signed applets get the "always trust this" - drive-by attacks will be done with unsigned applets that load entirely automagically, unless you block them or use your browser's click-to-play.
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to disable Java on: January 11, 2013, 06:07:05 PM
1) Do you need Java?
If not, uninstall it complete. If you're not sure, well, you're probably not a techy user - no fret, and it's not meant as a derogatory term - simply as a matter of fact (and count yourself blessed).

2) Which browser do you use?
If you're on Chrome, be sure to turn on the "click to play" feature. If you're not, you should disable the following plugins entirely in your primary browser, and use a secondary browser (like Chrome) for the few sites that require the aforementioned: Java, Flash, Adobe PDF.

Those two points are un-negotiable.

After that comes a lot of possible ways to harden your online experience, which are optional. But the two above, currently, aren't.
362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Electric shock from USB cable on: January 11, 2013, 05:16:16 PM
I was always under the impression that you needed relatively high amounts of energy to be toast - that you needed either voltage or amperage to be pretty nasty. Like, getting main-currents (what do you have in the states, 110v? We've got 220/230v in .dk). But still got the idea that the amps was the worst part. Never really grokked what ratio between the two you needed before it was dangerous, so I've always kept cautious and switched off the mains when I needed to do any kind of electric works.

Guess I got a scare early on, though. Sometime before third grade, some of the older boys at the school I attended back then teased a younger kid to jump into a transformer station to fetch a DKK20 (or summat) coin - 20+ years ago, adjust coin currency etc. (though I guess you don't time-adjust a human life in the same way). So the 1 minute mourning and the story of the tiny little exit holes in his toe and his temple kept me somewhat fearful of electrical installations ever since.
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: January 11, 2013, 04:34:28 PM
is not selling that well
"Selling" isn't equal to "good", though - neither Linux nor Win8 are selling particularly well, but OS X and iOS are Wink

The thing I personally like about Win8 definitely isn't Metro (well, a few parts of it, like the Start Screen, but *definitely* not the whole package!) - I do like the kernel optimizations, the hybrid shutdown, the optimization focus (less services, tickless kernel, memory deduplication(!)) etc., though.
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Electric shock from USB cable on: January 11, 2013, 01:11:33 PM
Watt, you don't need more milliamps than that? O_o

Iirc USB is limited to 100 milliamps before negotiation... that's not at a very comfortable spot in that graph.
365  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR Drive Press - worth anything? on: January 11, 2013, 01:57:49 AM
I've posted on the other thread too, but I just wanted to add here that I do applaud this as a positive and constructive step.
I'd rather see some of the points put forth in this thread be answered, instead of met with aggressive hand-waving.
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I am now the proud owner of my very own NANY mug :D on: January 10, 2013, 11:57:10 AM
lmfao nope dyslexic plus typing too quick lol smiley
Geez, you can't even spell dsyelxic!

... Wink
367  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: "NTLM 100% Broken Using Hashes Derived From Captures" on: January 09, 2013, 03:57:12 PM
How can anything regarding NTLMv1 be considered news? cheesy
368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MS Blocks Ability in Windows 8 on: January 08, 2013, 04:55:24 PM
I personally wouldn't use NTFS encryption either, it's "somewhat of a hassle" if you forget to export your encryption keys undecided undecided undecided - also, for encryption matters, I do prefer something opensource. Might use BitLocker on a work machine, though, and I guess NTFS encryption can make sense in some corporate settings (though the few places I've seen that enforce corporate encryption use utter crap (SLOW!) like CheckPoint FDE - probably because it's enterpriiiiiiiisey and remote-managaaaaaaaable).

But again, DPAPI isn't just for NTFS encryption. Not sure how many 3rd-party applications use it (Chrome is/was one?), but it sure is a convenient API for automagic encryption/decryption of blobs of data.
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MS Blocks Ability in Windows 8 on: January 08, 2013, 04:46:57 PM
Carol: DPAPIw - including, but not limited to, NTFS file encryption. It might not be something you use, but it does require a password-protected user account to work.

And that would actually provide some security against a burglar smiley
370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR Drive Press - worth anything? on: January 08, 2013, 03:22:03 AM
The poster f0dder continues to spread technical falsehoods in a desperate effort to protect his or her continuing strawman arguments. Are you seriously surprised that this kind of attitude draws a strong reaction? What were you thinking?

I have privately emailed mauser that it is not a reasonable expectation for any poster here to ask MagicRAR to reveal any of our intellectual property - whether it has been patented or not - as these are our trade secrets. I find it necessary to reiterate that claim here.
Move along, people, nothing to see here - snake-oil salesman passing through.
371  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MS Blocks Ability in Windows 8 on: January 08, 2013, 03:16:02 AM
I seem to be booting straight to the desktop using Start8 but I still have to see the silly (and completely pointless) "Lock Screen" and either log in to an email address or enter a Pin.

Does anyone know a way to by pass the Lock Screen and mandatory login so I switch on and it goes straight to the desktop?
Email Address? PIN?

Just create an "offline account" - at least that's still possible. Why on earth would you want to bypass authentication on the lockscreen, though?
372  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rumors of Adobe releasing CS2 for free? (true or NOT true) on: January 08, 2013, 03:14:26 AM
I personally think Adobe cracked the problem and figured out how to make "cloud" work. Web-based apps are too dicey for production environments. And graphics apps would consume too much bandwidth anyway. So what Adobe has put in the cloud is just the product authorization piece. Everything else stays the same. And by offering subscriptions on a monthly basis, they made it both affordable and good for cash flow.
"Software as a Service", except it isn't really. Please gut the greedy Adobe bastards, somebody.
373  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adobe CS2 for free? (NOT SPAM) on: January 07, 2013, 04:02:25 PM
Saw it mentioned on Twitter earlier today, contemplated grabbing a copy... then scratched my beard and tried to think of what Photoshop would offer me that Paint.NET doesn't. And then there's the rest of the stuff that I don't even know what is, so... yeah.

(If I was into doing PDFs, Acrobat might have been interesting; other stuff I've looked at has been howwible, not the least XSL-FO + FOP).
374  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MagicRAR Drive Press - worth anything? on: January 07, 2013, 03:51:15 PM
Oh, astroturfing - welcome to the fun smiley

#1 - "I couldn't cash in on the ZIP name, so I decided to cash in on the RAR name" - even though you have no association to RAR. And as Jibz said, ZIP is an open standard (as well as being an ubiquitous term), you can't compare the two. Did it ever occur to you that you could have come up with an original product/brand name?

#2 - I might actually take a look at your product. Rather think it could be funny ripping it apart. Who knows, I might be surprised, but I have my doubts.

#3 - it's hardly rocket science composing a list of files that are unsafe to enable NTFS compression for.

#4 - why would I go through shell code to apply NTFS compression to files? Oh sure, there's some potential load balancing (CPU as well as disk I/O) that can help with speed. But why would I bother with "finishing threads at the same time"? Where does "safely" enter the picture, considering compression is handled at a very low level of NTFS? Fire up a bunch of threads, feed threads producer/consumer style, do DeviceIoControl(FSCTL_SET_COMPRESSION). Possibly apply some balancing. Magic? Hardly. Still using bog-standard NTFS features that have been with us since forever. If you were doing anything but that, you'd be listing patent numbers on your website.

#5 - (Stoic Joker's point, not mine) - date base compression. Yes, the disk clenaup utility, just like he said - it will offer to compress old files, based on... whoa... date. That's the way "normal users" would come in contact with NTFS compression.

#6 - (Vlastimil's point, not mine) "no sense" - I'm pretty sure his point is files that aren't compressible, not files that are dangerous to compress (hibernation and the core loader files read by the NTFS minidriver which doesn't support compression). If you just go gung-ho on the filesystem, you waste a lot of CPU time processing  incompressible or very-little-comrpessible files, along with possibly adding massive fragmentation overhead.

#7 - <flame>I'm pretty sure I briefly used an archiver back in the Win9x days that was implemented through shell namespace, but who cares? Normal users have their zip folders, the rest of use proper standalone apps that Don't Suck(TM).</flame>

#8 - no, the sandforce controllers compress at the block level - this affects read and write speed, as well as reduce the free space available for wear levelling. And even for non-compressing SSD chipsets, the fragmentation (often) caused by NTFS compression will have negative effects on the block erases and writes. I sure as hell wouldn't NTFS compress anything but read-only data on any of my SSDs. As for avoiding sandforce, whatever - even Intel uses them now. And all SSD manufacturers have had their flakes-outs, that's just how it is with that technology at the moment.

#9 - except for the same "ZOMG WE ARE REVOLUTIONARY (but no content)" kind of marketing.

#10 - I have nothing to do with your competition. Or well, I don't think so, I honestly have no idea who they are. (I'm a regular user of 7-zip and the WinRAR, that's as far as 'affiliations' go - and I hate snake-oil and marketing that cashes in on other people's work, but that's a general personal trait of mine.)

(Yeah, I'm grumpy, and neither my caffeine deficiency nor your tone helped.)
375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Charging for Links to Your Site? on: January 06, 2013, 07:56:06 PM
What a convoluted way for them to commit suicide :-)
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